Category: Cities – General

Why Housing Trust Funds Became Unifiers

Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysis is the fifth annual report produced in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues. This post is part of a series highlighting findings from this new report. When it comes to figuring out how to improve housing affordability, cities and states have often found themselves at odds

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What Mayors Can Do to Grow Young Businesses in Their Communities

Can a conference jumpstart a national movement of city officials supporting local entrepreneurs? It can if national support is connected to local commitments to action. Last month at the Mayor’s Conference for Entrepreneurship, 65 mayors committed to specific policies, programs, and practices that will provide support and resources to those in their communities starting a

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How a Strong Digital Foundation Supported This Community’s Connections

Just 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, the Village of Orland Park is a municipality on the rise. Its population of 58,000 is expected to grow to 75,000 by 2030. Attention to infrastructure is critical for keeping operations in line with the increasing needs that accompany such growth. Over the last few years, Orland Park

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What Makes A Resident? Counting Your Community for the 2020 Census

Municipal governments have an important relationship with the census — both as consumers of the data it gathers and as partners in ensuring the complete and accurate count of our cities. Data produced by the census are critical to our democratic system and improves our ability to function as one of the world’s largest countries

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How Northeastern Illinois Aims To Become the Greenest Region

Solar power development is skyrocketing in Northeastern Illinois, communities are gaining new sustainability coordinators, and mayors are taking a literal seat at the table in global environmental conferences. It’s all fueled by the nation’s largest regional collaboration on sustainability called the Greenest Region Compact (GRC). With 115 municipalities and 10 councils of government as signatories, and

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Gary, Indiana Mayor Touts Importance of City-Supported Afterschool Programs

The mayor met the young boy as she arrived at the Gary, Indiana Boys and Girls Club to lead a team in the “celebrity” basketball game celebrating the organization as a local provider of afterschool and out-of-school-time programs. He told her, “I want to tell you something later.” The theme for the evening was “Don’t

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Combatting A Nationwide Shortage of Affordable, Healthy Housing

Communities nationwide experience a critical shortfall of healthy, affordable housing. As people pay a greater portion of their paycheck to housing, there are more children in poverty, more people who don’t know where their next meal will come from, and more people in poor health. Data from the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found

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What’s Holding up a $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill?

A $19 billion disaster aid bill has been circulating in Congress for weeks now, but America’s cities, towns and villages have yet to see any of the funds. Once signed, the bill would provide billions of dollars to help communities struggling to rebuild after a series of hurricanes, wildfires and destructive storms destroyed essential infrastructure.

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